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Test your understanding of the English lesson by answering these questions. You will get the answers and your score at the end of the quiz.
'Would' is the past form of _________.

'Would' is used for things that are _______.

Using 'would' in a question shows that you know _________________________.

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151 Comments on “Polite English – Why do we use “would”?”

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Mr. James

Could you explain in one of your next lessons the differences between English and American accent? You are a good actor so it wouldn’t be so difficult for you to do so. I actually mean pronunciation of letters “r” and “t”.

Thanks in advance.

Tuesday, September 27th 2011

    Dear Mr.Qbazz,
    I `m just want to say it the letters ,but the difference in how to say it ?.It is also normal for all language , it is up to the person or the property that is responsible for humans learning .
    Thank you & Best Regards.

    Thursday, October 6th 2011

    I’d like 2 follow all ur lessons mr/James

    Tuesday, March 28th 2017

This what i was need

Tuesday, September 27th 2011

    thanks jems…….

    Friday, July 18th 2014

Hello James!!!How are you ?I hope you are quite great.It is quite a very nice lesson.Tell me please if Would is the past form of will.Thank you very much in advance.Your lessons have been very useful.Thanks again.—CARLOS

Tuesday, September 27th 2011

    an example:
    I thought she would walk to school with me (past tense)

    I think she will walk to school with me (present tense)

    Wednesday, September 28th 2011

      Dear Mr.Sammy ,
      Is that an example for the present and the past .If so , i think there is a big different between each others as the second one may express the un possibility ,isn`t it?
      Thanks & Best Regards .

      Thursday, October 6th 2011

I love engvid

Tuesday, September 27th 2011

i want to learn, understand and speak in English well in a short time.Today I learned more important things about this language again… Thanks James.. But u speak very quickly for me :-(

Tuesday, September 27th 2011

    for me also , although i have graduated from faculty of Education ,English Art and Literary Dep.I feel i can`t understand the American or British .This is not for all their speech ,it is only for some words .so must i listen to too many CD S .
    Thanks & Best Regards .

    Thursday, October 6th 2011

    hi i am hilal khan i hope you will be right your pic is so nice if you want to speak english for me on skype or yahoo please send me your id
    i want to speak you online so your englih and my english speak day by day strong ok bye

    Monday, October 24th 2011

    ok,but u want to study english well .u must try to listening teacher from thess video on this site .listening of parts is the most difficult of english .u should listen everyday .u make becom a habit

    Wednesday, November 16th 2011

    mis fakhranda can u be my friend actually this is my polite request if u dont mind just rely me fast and add me on facebook on ca.manishsharma026@gmail.com

    Friday, January 25th 2013

    Hey guys back up:))) this isn’t stupid Facebook =)) Just learn the lesson and stop being a sneaky dude! Jesus Christ!!!!! :O BTW,Hey James :D rock on\m/ nice job as usual

    Friday, April 5th 2013

Thank you James, your lessons always help for me.

Tuesday, September 27th 2011

Hi James,
Your lessons help me alot. I have a question regarding this lesson. If non english doctor is talking to any english tourist how can he ask about his problem? what should he use? `will´or `would´/`can´or `could´? For Example: Can/Will u blink your eyes or Could/Would you blink your eyes?
Pls reply soon

Tuesday, September 27th 2011

    Hi Reema, Ans is:- Would you blink your eyes, please.

    Tuesday, October 11th 2011

Hi James,
This lesson is very helpful to me. I have been confused between “will” and “would”. Now, I think I understand clearly. I have one more question. Would you like to show me the difference between “Could” & “Would”?? Which is more polite? Ex: Could/Would you show me….
I’m waiting for you answer. Thanks

Tuesday, September 27th 2011

    ok,i will answer for u between would and could :

    common verbs are not used to if in conditional sentences, but there are exceptions.
    • If you will / would: If ….. please. Often used in polite requests. Would polite than will.
    If you will / would wait for a moment, I will go and see if Mr. Conner is here.
    • If + Subject + Will / Would: If ….. be. To express voluntarily.
    If he will listen to me, I can help him.
    Will also be used in this verse form to express the perverse: If ….. certain, if …..

    If you will turn on the music loudly late the night, no wonder why your neighbors Complain.

    Wednesday, November 16th 2011

Hi everybody…I’m learning english now….All of teachers is very good..Thanks to everyone

From Azerbaijan….ZamaN

Tuesday, September 27th 2011

thank u 4 a wonderful free lesson.

Tuesday, September 27th 2011

thanks!! thank you teacher James! this lesson was quite useful!! From Brazil here!!

bye Jesus loves you all>>>>

Tuesday, September 27th 2011

Thaaaaanks a lot Mr. James for the useful lesson, really it’s verey clear.

Mariam – Dubai

Tuesday, September 27th 2011

James, thanks for your lessons, are very interesting! Could you make a lesson explain What is the difference between OTHER and ANOTHER?
I can’t understand the difference still. Thank you very much!

Tuesday, September 27th 2011

Thank you James. A lot.:-)

Wednesday, September 28th 2011

Whold you want to examing us?

Wednesday, September 28th 2011

thank you! i always get confused with would and will, thanks for clarifying it for me. you are great teacher!!

Wednesday, September 28th 2011

Thank you our teacher for that good lesson it will improve me in understanding english language!

Thursday, September 29th 2011

cool I will try again!!

Thursday, September 29th 2011

thank for helping me Mr. James.you are better than my Private teacher(hahaha).can you do some videos about how to write a summary?
thank for helping.

Friday, September 30th 2011

I am so happy about lessons, thank you very much

Friday, September 30th 2011

Can we please have a video on the use of ‘like’ as an adjective and as a verb… maybe as an extension to this… I would like… I like… I am like… etc?

Friday, September 30th 2011

Hi Jame

I put up with your teaching. I think people prefer Alex’s teaching.

Friday, September 30th 2011

thank you james. I heard more times about word ‘would’. But when I want writing with use word ‘would’, that’s start makes me feel hesitate.

Friday, September 30th 2011

Would please accept my regards? becouse u’v been so helpful

Friday, September 30th 2011

praise the lord.i had lot problems with my english.your teaching helpd me to improve.thank u.

Saturday, October 1st 2011

Hi James,
What is your second name? You reel it off so quickly at the beginning of each lesson that I really can’t get it right.


Saturday, October 1st 2011

First of all, I would like to thank you for your lectures. Actually I always watch your lectures and my english is improving..


Saturday, October 1st 2011

Thanks again, James.

Saturday, October 1st 2011

Thanks . Mr James

Monday, October 3rd 2011

hi James..
would you mind if I say thank you very much??
you are the best i like your way..

Monday, October 3rd 2011

Thanks for the good lessons, if you can record sound more loudly. Sorry for the mistakes I’m from Russia:)

Tuesday, October 4th 2011

thanks alot

Wednesday, October 5th 2011

My english is not that good…
And i lack confidence when i speak…
Actually i don’t know where to use the proper tense, so can you please teach us the tenses in a simple way?


Wednesday, October 5th 2011

thak you very much your way is easy

Wednesday, October 5th 2011

hey james how are
lhas like of the lesson in
thanks alot guys …mister pi in ..

Wednesday, October 5th 2011

T love your teaching .Thank you very much.

Wednesday, October 5th 2011

Sorry James!
But you speak so fast we can not understand, Can you make your speech little bit slowly?

Friday, October 7th 2011

I greatly enjoyed your dilligent explanation of the proper usage of “will/would”, Thanks…

Friday, October 7th 2011

thank you for your hepl

Friday, October 7th 2011

its first time i watch your lessons and i like them very much.Its really easy to understand also for beginners.Thanks a lot.

Sunday, October 9th 2011

i WOULD like to say that your lessons are very usefull please keep doing this kind of videos for us (the people who want to learn english).

Monday, October 10th 2011

viva nicargua!! just want to say thank you for this videos they really helped me!!!

Monday, October 10th 2011

Dear Sir,

I am ramu it’s a good lesson and i like the way your teacheing and i am learning lot from you, thank you sir.

Wednesday, October 12th 2011

James I need you help me how to write a progress essay, I do not how many sentences should have each step in it. thanks

Saturday, October 15th 2011

I forget tell you that it is my second language and I do not write correctly English, I hope you help me. thank you.

Saturday, October 15th 2011

Thanks for your effort,you are a great teacher!

Sunday, October 16th 2011

Thank you. I think I will (concrete) follow your next lessons!

Monday, October 17th 2011

Thank you a lot engvid <3

Tuesday, October 18th 2011

thank you mr ( our techer .
I’m new english student .

I come from saudi arabia .

Wednesday, October 19th 2011

    × englishes student < that's wright?

    Wednesday, October 19th 2011

Thanks a lot for all of you in EngVid. You all are doing a really really great job. Please keep up. God bless you.

Saturday, October 29th 2011

Very useful lesson as usual.
Thanks, James.

By the way, do you have a lesson on syllable division? It’s very difficult.

Tuesday, November 8th 2011

thank you very much
i have been confused between them but now i am not ^_^

Saturday, November 12th 2011

I’m trying to do a quiz and I can’t. I’m sent to the comment. If enyone can help mi in this?

Tuesday, November 15th 2011

hi james thank you your a nice teacher and i learn a lot a lot from your lesson

Tuesday, November 29th 2011

Hi James,
I have a question about this sentence,”Sanchez is accused of kicking Stow several times in the head.” My question is why they use the verb is instead was.. what is difference between was accused and is accused… the word accused is past tense, so why they didn’t use the verb was??

Saturday, December 3rd 2011

thanks thanks thanks for all

Friday, December 9th 2011

Would you be so kind to make the quizz more difficult?
thx for your great lessons!

Friday, December 9th 2011

thank you james…

Saturday, December 10th 2011

I would like to share my thoughts on engvid.com, that it is a great website to learn and master english. I will sure read more lessons.


Monday, December 12th 2011

I got a lot of lessons from you. Thank you :).

Sunday, December 25th 2011

hello,james, i like lessons.

thank you very much

Tuesday, December 27th 2011

I like these lessons. You are good Teachers. Thanks a lot.

Saturday, December 31st 2011

You are the best men,keep walking!

Friday, January 6th 2012

would you mind if i send a friend request in facebook????

Saturday, January 7th 2012

Thakns James :)

Friday, February 10th 2012

thanks alot james.. it’s soo fabulous

Thursday, February 16th 2012

Thanks for the lesson. It is very much useful.Can you please arrange more lessons on the application of the “would”

Saturday, February 18th 2012

Thank you for your great work.It’s a real pleasure to listen to you

Sunday, February 19th 2012

hello james you are a good teacher.i like your lesson.i learned a lot of new and useful thing from your lesson.i recommended to my colleagues about your class.thank you very much

Thursday, February 23rd 2012

Many thanks Mr James maybe BOND !!lol! why not ! it suits you nice, so your explanation is very clear but might you speak less quickly please !!! for the next courses…

Thursday, April 26th 2012

thanks man for teaching to us ,one of the best teacher in ENGVID’s family :)))

Wednesday, May 9th 2012

I would like to say thanks for your kind english teachings.You are really very nice teacher^^

Friday, May 18th 2012

It’s very useful
Thanks a lot engvid

Friday, May 18th 2012

dear James, could u help me? make the lesson about pronunciation spasibo

Tuesday, May 22nd 2012

Hai,James I will catch you later.Now may I listen rebecca and ronni’s lessons.Actually I’m a beginer.I believe thatyour expression is top but I can’t follow it.You are so speed about me.You supply innovative items.One day Iwill appreciate your whole lessons.THANKS A LOT

Saturday, June 2nd 2012

thanks man

Thursday, June 7th 2012

You’re actually the best teacher ive seen so far. Thank you. All your videos helps me out alot.

Saturday, June 23rd 2012

Thank you Mr James for this lesson. it is helpful to me.

Thursday, July 5th 2012

Simple but WISE explanation.

Thursday, July 12th 2012

sir sometime people use would have ? why we use have with would? please explain it.

Tuesday, July 31st 2012

I am very glad to join this web and looking forward the register and pay, because i need improve my English speaking.
can you please show me the directive how to go through?
Hakim Kamula

Friday, August 17th 2012

I struggle on this for a long time and searched everywhere on their differences now i understand!!! thanks! you are the best esl teacher ever!!

Friday, August 17th 2012

thanks for this lesson mr jeams,it is helping all pepole.

Wednesday, August 22nd 2012

I’m good at making crêpes… Would you like one?

Friday, September 14th 2012

    Oh yes.

    Thursday, September 27th 2012

      Dear james,i have a request
      i got a clear idea about could have and should have but i have no idea about would.
      I’m not getting much about ‘would’in unreal situation because there is no more examples given. Eg:’you would say”i would say’
      What happen if would is not use in these sentences
      ‘it would have needed’,’would have been expensive’
      How to use this expression?
      would in past and conditionals are found here in engvid but these doubts are not cleared yet. Awaiting your reply.

      Tuesday, January 7th 2014

      Dear james,i have a request
      i got a clear idea about could have and should have but i have no idea about would.
      I’m not getting much about ‘would’in unreal situation because there is no more examples given. Eg:’you would say”i would say’
      What happen if would is not use in these sentences
      ‘it would have needed’,’would have been expensive’
      How to use this expression?
      would in past and conditionals are found here in engvid but these doubts are not cleared yet. Awaiting your reply.

      Tuesday, January 7th 2014

nice lesson,thanks

Friday, September 14th 2012

please change microphone hahahahaha it sounds so low
Great work, keep it up!
greetings from spain!

Saturday, September 15th 2012

Thanks James!

Sunday, September 16th 2012

I would like to see more videos like this…

Wednesday, September 19th 2012

Hi James, i have a question, i heard that you said; Would you mind if i SAT in this chair? is it correct?, Why did you use the verb SIT in past?

Wednesday, September 19th 2012

thank your for your hel,but i have a big probleme am live in USA since 2 month and i cant speak or understand people please mr JEAMS help me,i need your help,thanks a lot mr

Thursday, September 20th 2012

I do not understand!

Tuesday, September 25th 2012

Hi jame
I got 4/4
and since today i would never forget these words.


Monday, October 29th 2012

Thx for this lesson :)
I am very glad to join this web and looking forward the register and pay .

Sunday, November 4th 2012

Hi Teacher
thank you very much for you and all the working stuff of Engvid.
i would like to ask a question,please.

Would you mind if i had a sit?
what should i answer if i do not mind him to have a sit..
Yes or NO
becasue if i will answer yes what that means
Yes i mind Or yes i do not mind.
i hope that my question was clear.

Monday, November 5th 2012

hi,sir how r u? sir i have one doubt about where to use “would” because i watched 2 videos. on both videos you both sir were using the different tense one was telling that we have to use would for past and you are saying that we have to use for futre,so please can you explain me actually where to use would past or future tense.Thank you.

Friday, November 9th 2012

thanks, James. I’d like drink a beer Quilmes “The best Argentinian Beer” together, capooo!!!!

Thursday, November 22nd 2012

thanks for all things james ;)

Tuesday, January 29th 2013

thank uuuuuuuuuuuuu

Friday, February 1st 2013

hi james,
can u give me your mail id

Wednesday, February 20th 2013

Thanks James.
You deserve the best!

Wednesday, February 27th 2013

I answered correctly the first question but I did not understand why would is the past form of will?. Would you mind explaining me why I am using the past form of will when I am using would? thanks.

Wednesday, June 5th 2013

Thanks James:)

Saturday, September 21st 2013

Very good matter, James!
Thank you

Saturday, October 5th 2013

hi plz explain different uses of would in different sentences

Monday, November 25th 2013

Thank you very much for the useful lession.

Monday, November 25th 2013

Thank you James,
relly I love your lesson
may Allah bless you

Thursday, December 5th 2013

Hi James. I love Engvids with many many useful lessons given by many many good teachers. But I have to say that those given by you made me so tired. Please, give explainations in a simple way, stop raise your voice, nor swinging your hands in the air, or draw ugly useless shapes on the board. Thanks.

Sunday, March 23rd 2014

Thank you Mr James.

Wednesday, April 2nd 2014

Thanks got 100%

Sunday, April 13th 2014

Wow!!! Once again Thanks James… I’m gonna start teaching people who is training to serve tourists in Chiloé so I appreciate a lot your lessons since they give me a clearer view of what I gotta emphasize with my students!

Monday, April 14th 2014

hi james.
who would win ? vs who will win ?
could u tell me the diff between the two sentences..

Wednesday, April 23rd 2014

sound is not clear.

Tuesday, May 20th 2014

I will obtain 9 band in IELTS :)

Saturday, June 28th 2014

I thank you!

Saturday, July 12th 2014


Friday, July 18th 2014

sure , was easy, 100 %. Thanks a lot.

Thursday, August 14th 2014

thank you, James.

Wednesday, September 17th 2014

very useful and productive

Saturday, October 18th 2014

thank you very much Mr.teacher.i like your lessons and spend much time watching,listening and reading in English.BUT UNFORTUNATELY i haven’t got any opportunity to practice it.what to do?

Tuesday, November 25th 2014

I was always hoping that I can one day get this lesson. Now I guess my wish come true, but still I have to work for it.

Monday, December 1st 2014

i got 100%. very interesting lesson,

Saturday, January 31st 2015

Thank you.

Sunday, February 1st 2015

Somebody can tell me why the red worm answer with the word “why” at the beggining of its phrase? It doesn’t fix in the context for me, I just can’t understand why doesn’t just say “yes I would”.

Thanks a lot.

Saturday, April 4th 2015

Thanks for this lesson teacher. I learned a new word that is “politeness”.

Wednesday, May 13th 2015

we use would for polite question ? can we use also will in the same question if we assume that the answer is yes. as i learn from your teaches we use would if the answer is no. how about the opposite could we use will for the question ?

Thursday, July 2nd 2015

good man

Friday, January 29th 2016

Dear James,

I would like to appreciate your English lessons.

Sunday, March 13th 2016

Thanks a lot!

Tuesday, March 15th 2016


Wednesday, March 23rd 2016

hello mr james u r perfect!i have downloaded most of your videoes but i cant download this one it keeps on showing “not found”!

Wednesday, July 20th 2016

A short but interesting lesson about “will-would” ambiguity, sure with doubts and possible but not certain respectively. It is a great review in a short period of time of this theme or topic. Thanks a lot, teacher James Greer from EngVid, as always an amusing lesson.

Saturday, February 11th 2017

You got 3 correct out of 3.


Tuesday, August 14th 2018

Dear Mr. James

Please do a lesson video about the four conditionals both here at the engvid website and youtube, I find that you are outstanding on explanation especially in the confusing topic like the conditionals, I am your new sub. on youtube and i follow you here. Please, if you dont mind? Thank you.

Monday, January 6th 2020

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